The Seven Poor Travellers
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recording of The Seven Poor Travellers, by Charles Dickens.
Read by Ruth Golding.
One of Dickens' Christmas stories, this was first published as part of the Christmas number of Household Words for 1854. The first chapter relates Dickens' visit to the ancient Richard Watts's Charity at Rochester. The second chapter is the touching story of "Richard Doubledick", which Dickens supposedly told the travellers, and Dickens' journey home on Christmas morning provides the short concluding chapter. (Summary by Ruth Golding)
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March 5, 2013
Firstly, this was an EXCELLENT NARRATION done by Ruth Golding.
The story itself however, was unremarkable. There are only 3 chapters but the 2nd has practically nothing to do with the 1st and 3rd. It is a completely seperate story that really wasn't that compeling, just an ordinary short story tale.
I would have skipped this short story entirely had I gone back in time. Without Dicken's name attached, I doubt this novel would have recieved any significant acclaim or popularity.
February 19, 2010
Re the Six Poor Travellers
You may also be interested in journalist Henry Lucy's experiences at Watts's some years after Dickens' visit there. See Chapter 9 Christmas Eve at Watts's
in Faces and Places
February 16, 2010
"The Seven Poor Travellers"
"The Seven Poor Travellers" (1854) is a short Christmas story co-written by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. It is based on a real place in England called Six Poor Travellers House
(Dickens is the 7th traveller of the story title). Part 1 is the opening frame story, part 2 is a story-within and part 3 the conclusion of the frame. I can't be sure but it seems Dickens wrote most or all of part 1&3 (the frame) while Collins probably wrote the story of Richard Doubledick (wonderful name). I found part 1&3 to be enchanting and part 2 of little appeal. Ruth Golding gives a professional level reading which adds to the stories atmosphere. If for no other reason than learning about the Six Poor Travellers House part 1&3 are well worth the listen, but if your a poor traveller for time, don't feel too guilty about skipping the main course IMO.
December 9, 2009
Dickens at Christmas?
This story's only connection to Christmas is that the main story is set up as a narration told on Christmas eve. The main story itself is a classic Dickens' morality tale, and charming enough if you are a Dickens fan. Ruth Golding, as ever, is a superlative narrator.
August 21, 2008
Dickens short stories
These little known stories-within-a-story are charmingly voice acted (not merely read) with excellent sound quality. Thank you Ruth. More please!
TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)